Literature Program

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.


A Close Read: Readings & Short Films in Tribute to Steve Street

Stephen Moncada Street, writer and longtime adjunct English professor at Buffalo State College, died of cancer at the age of 56 on August 17, 2012. Near the end of his life he became known as a forceful, articulate advocate on contingent faculty issues, publishing regular columns in The Chronicle of Higher Education. But tonight we celebrate him as a fiction writer, presenting his finely tuned short stories focusing on microcosmic human dynamics, cultural alienation, and sublime slivers of poetic observation.

Steve's writerly glance careened from expat culture in Egypt (where he taught English for four years at the American University in Cairo) to town/gown tensions in his hometown of Beloit, WI, to small moments observed and recycled from the streets of Buffalo. Reading from Steve Street's work tonight will be Ed Taylor (Buff State adjunct professor and author of the novel Theo and the poetry collection Idiogest), Dr. Ralph Wahlstrom (professor of English at Buff State and author of The Tao of Writing), Dr. Michele Ninacs (director of the College Writing Program at Buff State), and others.

Steve Street was recipient of a 1995 Artist Residency Exchange: Western New York (ARE:WNY) grant, a regional regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) which Hallwalls administered in the late 1990s in partnership with Pyramid Arts Center in Rochester and Wayne County Council for the Arts in Newark, NY. Filmmaker Lynne Sachs, Steve's sister-in-law and a three-time Hallwalls visiting filmmaker (see Timeline links, below), will show a 5-minute interview with Steve she shot near the end of his life. Filmmaker Mark Street, Steve's brother and a 2007 HARP artist-in-residence at Hallwalls, will show Dear Steve, an animated film composed of one video frame of each piece of correspondence recovered from the writer's Main Street apartment. Steve Street's fiction, essays, and reviews appeared in The Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Another Chicago Magazine, The Missouri Review, and Rain Taxi.

Timeline Links:

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Tues.—Fri. 11-6
Sat. 11-2
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from Jan. 10, 2020
through Feb. 28, 2020

Sarah Sutton
Knots and Pulses

This exhibition by Ithaca-area artist Sarah Sutton will feature a series of monochromatic oil paintings that combine representational imagery with distortions and abstractions that create scenarios in flux. They are essentially landscape paintings, but Sutton's treatment of the landscape toys with its sense of space and the notion of the built vs. the natural environment.

Katie Bell
Abstract Cabinet

Katie Bell’s exhibition is a site-specific installation conceived of as a one-act drama starring anonymous artifacts. Functioning like a theatrical set, the gallery holds static characters that reference the interior architecture of corporate and commercial spaces. Sculptural objects are often fractured or untethered to a contextual structure. Functioning as a whole, the individual artefacts are a nod to players on a stage, held captive in space and time.